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BAAC News Digest 11th August 2014
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Cranford Park Relay Wednesday 20th August
Teams will be determined on the day - please arrive at the Concorde Centre promptly so that we can make our way to Cranford Park for the relay.
parkrun Results for 16th August 2014
An excellent turnout this weekend with 20 members running plus two spouses and at least another three volunteering. Maybe there is a good WARR coming up.
The Woking inaugural was well supported but not too congested and with Ian Cunningham, Roderick Hoffman, Janet Cunningham, Neil Frediani and Steve Newell running along with Tom Rowley and Julie Barclay marshalling we helped give the event a good launch and notched up the club's 122nd parkrun. Although mostly on flat tarmac paths the course includes a woodland trail section and a few tight turns. The nearby leisure centre has a huge car park (free for four hours). This was Steve's tenth consecutive different parkrun. It was also Roderick's tenth inaugural parkrun.
Congratulations to Colin Haylock on completing his 50th run in style this week (19:29 at Bushy Park). Meanwhile Chris Kelly was back in action at Woodley and is now just 51 short of his 250 shirt.
Course pb's this week for Barry Walters (19:52 at Upton Court) and Tony Barnwell (29:54 at Wycombe Rye) while over at Gunnersbury Alan Anderson recorded his best time so far in 2014 (28:04).
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Steve Newell (mainly)
Picture below - left to right - Roderick, Neil, Ian, Tom and Steve at Woking after the inaugural run.
On the Saturday before last year's WARR in Stellenbosch I organised an unofficial acclimatisation run at the local 5k parkrun, "Root44". This was most successful with 14 of us running there and the only issue was perhaps that that parkrun course was perhaps a little too challenging for a pre-WARR warmup! But we all survived sufficiently to race the next day.
This year we have the same opportunity and more. St Anne's Park, venue for the WARR races on the Sunday, has it's very own parkrun and will prove an ideal run also for anyone wanting to get a feel for the WARR race venue and course - it doesn't use the same course but the two do overlap. I did the St Anne's run the other week and I can confirm that it is fast and flat - so the parkrun can be used for a serious training session or a light warm-up depending on need. Dublin hosts several other parkruns in different quadrants of the city so depending on your hotel a different parkrun may appeal. Each of these parkruns are the usual 5k distance, operate with the same barcode you have for UK runs but start half an hour later at 09:30. Hopefully there will be a number of us at the St Anne's parkrun and perhaps a few might want not to run but to marshal the parkrun instead. This would be good also because I suspect that some of the locals running in the parkrun on the Saturday will turn out to be marshalling our races on the Sunday!
So I'll be loosely organising the pre-WARR Saturday parkrun again this year. Please tell me your interest and where your hotel is so that we can exchange ideas, plans and transportation. And of course - don't forget your barcodes! Also visit http://www.parkrun.ie/events/ for details of the parkruns around Dublin. Let me know or ask me questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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